Sunday, November 27, 2022

On The Clock

A six-month suspension imposed by the South Carolina Supreme Court

After graduating from law school, Respondent was employed with a law firm as a law clerk. Upon being admitted to practice in November 2017, Respondent became an associate with the firm in an hourly position. The firm used computer software to track working hours in real time, and throughout 2018, Respondent used the software to clock in and out during times when he was not in the office or otherwise working in an effort to inflate his hours and increase his pay.  At tax time, Respondent's supervising attorney discovered the discrepancy and confronted Respondent on January 24, 2019. The total amount of overpayment was $17,722.74. Respondent initially denied misconduct, but later admitted what he had done. When Respondent's supervisor expressed his ethical duty to report Respondent's misconduct, Respondent requested an opportunity to self-report.

He self-reported and made full restitution

In his affidavit in mitigation, Respondent expresses remorse and explains that his preoccupation with financial security arose from his disadvantaged upbringing. Respondent explains that he erred in allowing his desperation to prove his personal worthiness and to achieve financial security to eclipse his better judgment. Respondent also states he has worked with several counselors to understand why he committed misconduct.

(Mike Frisch)

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